Conduit Gallery
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Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM

May 20 - July 1, 2017
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ROBERT JESSUP                                                                                                    Paintings 2016-2017

Conduit Gallery is honored to announce a solo exhibition of paintings by Robert
Jessup: Paintings 2016-2017. The new small-scale paintings by the Denton artist
will encompass the front gallery space of Conduit Gallery.

Throughout his career, Robert Jessup has approached his paintings with an improvisational
manipulation of form that would lead the way toward the discovery (or uncovering) of
meaningful configurations. In earlier works, those configurations were representational.
However, in the last few years, the search for meaningful form has gradually been taking
precedent over representational imagery. The desire for the painting to find its own unique
presence on the canvas and to settle into a sustained resonating chord of visual sound has
become paramount for Jessup who notes, “Painting has been distilled to what for me are its
fundamental questions. How is the paint spread across the surface? How is the painting’s
first shape, the rectangle itself, divided and occupied by areas of different color? How do
those areas interact with each other? What kind of edges are formed? Color, edge, shape,
and surface. The reconciliation of the fundamental forces of the horizontal and the vertical.
From a beginning in visual chaos, the struggle to determine essential things and to find a
powerful harmony between them.”

Since 1991 Robert Jessup has been a professor of Painting at the University of North Texas
in Denton, Texas and has exhibited widely throughout the United States. For the 2016-2017
academic year, Jessup has served as the Chair of the Department of Studio at the College
of Visual Arts and Design, University of North Texas. He earned a B.F.A. from the University
of Washington, Seattle and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. Public
collections include: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Dallas Museum of Art,
Dallas, TX; The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta,
GA; The Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia, Charlottesville and the Roswell Museum
and Art Center, Roswell, New Mexico. This will be the twelfth solo exhibition of paintings at
Conduit Gallery for Robert Jessup. He will retire at the end of the 2017-2018 school year
and will relocate to the Pacific Northwest.

SUSAN BARNETT                                                                                         Current and Alternate Realities

Conduit Gallery is honored to announce a solo exhibition of paintings by Susan
Barnett: Current and Alternate Realities.

With a background in Psychology and Social Relations, Susan Barnett’s painting practice has
flourished in creating a psychological tension between geometric shapes that emerge and
disappear into constant gridded grounds. These past experimentations with pure nonobjective
abstraction and geometry have given way to elements informed by current events
and provide a kind of pictorial representation of Barnett’s experience of news events over
the past twelve months. Many of the paintings conflate current events and alternative
realities, creating fictional landscapes that survey, as Barnett states, “the political chaos of
today.” In addition, other paintings are drawn directly from Barnett’s personal history where
childhood memories and current events collide.

Susan Barnett earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from Southern Methodist
University in 2008, an M.A. in Psychology from the New School for Social Research, New
York, NY and a B.A. in Social Relations from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA in 1973.
Since receiving her M.F.A in 2008 she has exhibited in such venues as: Potter Art Gallery,
St. Joseph, MO; Encore Gallery and Fechin Meseum, Taos NM; Museum of Geometric &
MADI Art, Dallas, TX Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX; Hulse/Warman Gallery,
Taos, NM; Southwest College Art Gallery, Chula Vista, CA; McKinney Ave Contemporary,
Dallas, TX and the Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM. Susan Barnett lives and works in
Dallas, TX and Taos, NM.

SOOMIN JUNG                                                                                                                         Between

Conduit Gallery is honored to announce the first solo exhibition at Conduit Gallery
of work by San Antonio based artist, Soomin Jung.

Born in South Korea, Soomin Jung relocated to San Antonio, Texas in 2002 to study at the
University of Texas San Antonio where she earned a B.F.A. and an M.F.A in Studio Art and
Art History. Since graduating in 2008, Jung has used colored pencil and graphite to create
landscape drawings that explore perception and perspective specifically as it pertains
to location, memory, and reproduction. While many of Jung’s drawings depict familiar
worldwide locations e.g. the Matterhorn, the Rocky Mountains, much of the drawings in
Jung’s exhibition Between depict the Lake of Heaven (Korean Ch’onji; Chinese Tian-si)
the volcanic lake on the northern border between North Korea and China. In both
North and South Korea, in the 20th century, the site has become a sacred place and
is often shown as the symbol of the Korean people and the claimed birthplace of North
Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

As an image, Jung grew up surrounded by depictions of the lake which are ubiquitous
throughout Korea though due to its remote location and restrictions, the vast majority of
Koreans have never seen it in person. With a deft variation of graphite and colored pencil
expanses, Jung’s drawings play with seeing and understanding and where imagination
can fill in the gaps when former happens to be at odds with the latter.

Originally from South Korea, Soomin Jung moved to San Antonio, Texas in 2002. She
attended the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) where she graduated with a
B.F.A. in Art and Art History in 2005. Three years later, she received an M.F.A., also in
Art and Art History, and is currently a drawing instructor at UTSA.

left to right: Robert Jessup, Susan Barnett, Soomin Jung

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